Nic Brunsdon on the MANY benefits of under-used spaces in Fremantle
June 15, 2016 3 Comments
Following on from Marcus Westbury was one the very inspiring Nic Brunsdon. Perth local, director of an architectural practice, POST- and co-founder of urban program called Spacemarket which pairs disused spaces with useful people, Nic is a man of many hats. In 2015, Nic won the Australian Emerging Architect Award and he keeps doing great stuff. In Fremantle he was a driver of the MANY 6160 project in the former Myer building and this was what he spoke to FACET about.
From the initial joint funding from the City of Fremantle and Spacemarket more than 100 new businesses have operated from MANY6160 in Fremantle, over 20 businesses that became established enough to seek their own tenancy elsewhere, over 500 part time and full time jobs and thousands of dollars generated into the local economy due to weekly employee expenditure at local businesses.
Interestingly Marcus Westbury’s project, Renew Newcastle, is said to have achieved a cost benefit ratio of 1:10. Nic showed how MANY 6160’s social and economic benefits has achieved a similar ratio.
MANY 6160 is at 20,000m2, to the best of the project team’s knowledge, “the world’s largest interior space activation project”.
Murdoch Uni student, Hannah Sutton, researched its impacts on Fremantle and came up with some interesting numbers that I thought were worth sharing.